In this episode of the My TechDecisions Podcast, Associate Editor Zachary Comeau talks with Joshua Liberman, President of New Mexico-based IT provider Net Sciences, about the increasing cyber threats and what companies can do to stay secure and shore up their cybersecurity.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work and political turmoil, companies are reporting a huge increase in phishing attempts, email-based malware attacks, email compromise, ransomware and other attacks
According to reports, pandemic-related attacks are increasing, the FBI is receiving more than 3,000 cybersecurity complaints each day and nation states are targeting political groups and enterprises leading up to the U.S. election in November.
Here are several steps companies can take now to shore up their network security:
Upgrade and update software. If your operating system and apps are out of date, update them immediately. That includes cybersecurity software like firewalls and anti-virus programs. Out-of-date solutions are goldmines for hackers to infiltrate. These updates should be set to automatically update in the background.
Log into your network infrastructure. Users can log into their home internet router and Wi-Fi router to change their password to keep hackers out. Default passwords are typically “admin.” Users can turn off traffic to certain services. IT staff should walk end users through this since it can be difficult.
Deploy a VPN. Virtual Private Networks (VPN) create an encrypted route between end users and a remote server operated by a VPN service. Internet traffic is routed through this and the location of endpoint devices are masked, so data is secure from prying eyes that otherwise could intercept it via a public Wi-Fi network.
Multi-factor authentication. MFA or two-factor authentication (2FA) is a great roadblock against phishing scams since it requires multiple sets of credentials in order to access certain systems or apps. Enable this on every app that offers it or invest in security solutions with integrated 2FA.
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